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8 Stars IFReview Rating Till Death Makes a Monk-Fish Out of Me!

IFReviewed by Emily Short on 2006-08-01 04:29 

Game Profile

Author
Jon Ingold and Mike Sousa

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Tads2

Release Year
2002

IFR Overall Rating
9 Stars IFR Overall Rating
Separator
Played to completion?: Yes
House or Office: House/office, in the form of Dr. Kurner's dorm room
Rating: 8

It's a kind of mercy getting this game after those others — I don't know what's left to come, but I know that I can trust Sousa to code and Ingold, bless and damn him, to come up with something out of the ordinary.

And they did. I am a little appalled to see that even this one has a computer and a password-guessing and a necessary bed and an inescapable bathroom with all the fixtures — did someone declare these items necessary to all comp games? Is this standard-fixture comp?

But never mind. This one has deep black humor, and some excellent injokes. Like BOFH, it manages to transcend the standard-ish elements by describing them wittily and having a good sense of humor. The fake French pills were terrific.

It's not the best game I've ever played, but it towers so far above the average in this competition that it defies description, on the strength of the writing and the wackiness of the premise.

Emily Short Profile

IFReviewer Rating
10 Stars IFReviewer Overall Rating

Name Emily Short
Gender Female